Saturday Seminar, 7 March 2009

The soldier's experience and combat trauma

A one-day seminar with Dr. Roger Brooke

Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh



When: Saturday 7 March, 9:30 – 4:30

Where: Theosophical Society, 355 Wickham Tce, Brisbane

Cost: Members $100, Non-members $150; Concession $80

INFORMATION: 3511 0167 or

Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.
It is suggested that you bring your own lunch.
The venue is opposite the Roma Street Parklands.


The extent of trauma carried by our servicemen and women, and by their families, is cause for wider political and cultural concern. This seminar and workshop focuses on the combat experience and the psychological wounds of war.


Several themes will be addressed, including:

· the inadequacy of PTSD diagnosed as an "anxiety disorder;"

· the moral core of trauma;

· the assault on character of combat trauma;

· finding meaning in the persistent memories, grief, and guilt;

· healthy responses to trauma and the question of resilience;

· meeting the challenges of reintegration into civilian life; and

· the communalization of trauma into the wider society.


While I shall bring experience and knowledge with me, I expect that some participants will as well.I have no political agenda.The goal of the seminar and workshop is to come away with ideas and strategies for implementation. We can all make a difference.


9.30 - 10.45: Combat experience and the meaning of combat trauma

10.45 - 11: Tea break

11 - 12.15: The confrontation with evil: a case study of moral horror and transformation

12.15 - 1.30:Lunch break

1.30 - 3.00: Coming home and family reintegration

3.00 - 3.15: Tea break

3.15 - 4.30: Resilience, ritual, and the communalization of trauma


Roger Brooke, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh and a Board Certified clinical psychologist in private practice. He is one of only three non-analysts to have been elected to the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (2006). In his youth he was a paratrooper with South Africa’s 1 Parachute Bn. After his professional training, his patients included returning national servicemen and the survivors of State sponsored violence. He was Director of the Rhodes University Psychology Clinic before accepting his current position. He was given a grant to develop a network of services for military service men and women and their families and loved ones in the Pittsburgh area. He has a son in the American 82nd Airborne Division. Home page: